Encoding a User Level Secured Database

Securing a database with user-level security does not prevent anyone from exploring the database using a tool other than Access. As mentioned previously, much of the physical data contained in the MDB file is in plain text and readable to many different tools. For instance, Windows Notepad could be used to look at the data contained in the database simply by opening an un-encoded database file.

If there is a need to secure a database with user-level security, it is likely that the data in the database is somewhat sensitive in nature. As such, allowing any network user to open the file and read the contents is unacceptable. So, it is recommended that any database secured with user-level security also be encoded to help further protect the data in the database. Fortunately, the User-Level Security Wizard encodes the database automatically.

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